Maine Firefighter Hurt in Stairway Collapse

A firefighter from South Berwick suffered minor injuries when an exterior stairway collapsed as crews tried to douse a fire overnight at a Berwick apartment building, reports The Bangor Daily News.

Berwick Assistant Fire Chief Bruce Plante said Saturday morning that the call came in around 11:40 p.m. Friday. Police, who reached the scene at 28 Old Pine Hill Road before fire crews, notified dispatchers that the six-unit building was “fully involved,” so Plante called a second alarm, bringing in firefighters from North Berwick, South Berwick and several New Hampshire departments.

First responders were told there might have been someone trapped on the second floor, but firefighters had to douse some of the fire before they could attempt to enter the building.

Around that time, a fire crew from South Berwick was working its way up to the third floor on an exterior stairway, when part of the stairs gave way. A firefighter fell from the stairs, onto a roof outcropping and rolled into a snowbank. He was taken to a local hospital and later was released after being checked out for a “sore back and sore hip.”

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